# CCLVII…”Oldest Living Teenager”…

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or are just too young to remember, the title of today’s post can only refer to one person…the late, great music industry icon, Dick Clark (1929-2012), whose most notable accomplishment (for the younger generation) was the fact that he hosted “Dick Clark’s Rockin’ Eve” since forever.  However, his musical prowess also includes “American Bandstand”, which also ran for quite a spell in the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

He was a very influential person in starting or advancing the careers of other great icons, such as Ike and Tina Turner, Simon and Garfunkel, Talking Heads, etc. and his love of music is still unrivaled to this day.

He is an icon whose legacy will live forever…

Also on this date were the following birthday celebrators…late author Mark Twain (1835-1910), late Prime Minister Winston Churchill {whose iconic voice appears in the Within Temptation song “Our Solemn Hour”} (1874-1965), late actor Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. (1918-2014), late African-American icon Shirley Chisholm (1924-2005), former Benson star Robert Guillaume (1927) and iconic director Ridley Scott (“Alien”, “Blade Runner”, etc.) was born in 1937.

Finishing today’s list are New York comic writer (“Lobo”, “Justice League”, etc.) Keith Giffen (1952), rock and roll icon Billy Idol (1955), comedian Colin Mochrie (1957), dual sport superstar Bo Jackson (1962), comedian Ben Stiller (1965), former WWE superstar (now with Impact Wrestling aka TNA) Christian was born in 1973, “American Idol” runner-up Clay Aiken (1978) and actress/comedian Kaley Cuoco (The Big Bang Theory) was born in 1985.

With eleven months down, December comes tomorrow…I will be here sporadically (as usual) but will let you know when I can…

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# CCLVI…Giving Thanks…

Before I inform you of the birthday celebrators for this, the 27th day of November, I would just like to show a grand bit of decency and show major appreciation for those still reading…on this, my 222nd entry for this blog.  Over the course of the last two plus years, my viewership has increased exponentially, which I am very thankful for!

On a quick side note, just because they belong here, allow me to put it into perspective this way; currently, I have an eight month streak of 100+ views per month (from April) and my views have almost doubled the total for the last two months of 2012 AND all of 2013.  Also, the list of other countries’ viewers is now at 62 different countries (which would take a paragraph by itself to name them all!!)…for which I could not be more thankful of!

On a personal note, I would also like to thank all my friends and family (and my two beautiful daughters) for their continued support for me in this unpaid hobby of mine…without their support, I might as well hang it up…and thank you to all of whom I’ve enlightened with my useless 43-year-old knowledge.

If you are celebrating your birthday today, you aren’t alone (obviously, or I wouldn’t be here)…late actor/martial arts master Bruce Lee (1940-1973), late country star Eddie Rabbitt (1941-1998), second best southpaw guitarist to ever live (behind surf rock pioneer Dick Dale), the late Jimi Hendrix (1942-1970), late The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air patriarch James Avery (1945-2013), scientist Bill Nye (1955), American diplomat Caroline Kennedy (1957), late wresting superstar Davey Boy Smith (1962-2002), Alter Bridge vocalist Myles Kennedy (1969), actor Jaleel White (“Steve Urkel”) was born in 1976 and Motocross champion Ricky Carmichael was born in 1979.

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# CCLV…Laurels For “Laurel”…

Today’s post is dedicated to the brilliant and believable actress, Katie Cassidy (1986), who plays the character of Laurel Lance on the hit CW show, Arrow.  Miss Cassidy, who has been playing the role of Laurel for the three seasons that it has been on, is one of those rare actresses that seems to pull you into her world.

Katie is no stranger to acting, however, as she has had numerous minor roles in other shows, like Supernatural, 7th Heaven, and a reboot of Melrose Place.  Her father, in case you didn’t make the connection, probably had to do with her success (yes, David Cassidy is her father) but, even without the stars in her sky, she probably would have done okay, as she is an actress that makes you empathic to her roles.

As Season 3 enters its midway point, and without spoiling too much about it, I would just like to add that all of us fans are looking forward to much more from this superb actress…a Happy Birthday to Miss Cassidy…and many happy more!!!

As for her “twins”:  late MLB superstar Joe DiMaggio (1914-1999), late actor Ricardo Montalban (1920-2009), comedian/actor Ben Stein (1944), comedian John Larroquette (1947), and long-time Uncanny X-Men writer Chris Claremont was born in 1950.

Former New York Yankees’ shortstop Bucky “F-ing” Dent was born in 1951, singer Amy Grant (1960), late scion John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999), actress Christina Applegate (1971), and Lamb of God’s guitarist Mark Morton was born in 1972.

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# CXXXIV…”Mi familia”…

Not typing that much this morning…

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If two or more people in my personal life share a birthday, it is a such a rare occurrence that it almost screams for a celebrity birthday post.  Just the fact that I seem to have this “obsession” is maddening enough…it’s really more frightening to me as a writer when the two individuals aren’t in my life as much but I still have wonderful things to say.

The two individuals referred to in today’s post are my ex-sister-in-law, Irenne, who has always been civil towards me (well, not in a while, as we haven’t spoken in quite some time) and a friend of one of my nephews’ friends named John {Author admission:  I don’t usually use full names, as to protect the innocent LOL}.  Ironically, both were born today and it wasn’t until just recently that the connection was made.

As mentioned moments ago, these two individuals have done no…

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# CCLIII…Missing “Wade Welles”…

Today’s honoree is none other than the original female “Slider” from the five-season spectacular series, Sliders, Sabrina Lloyd (1970), who played the character in the title of this post for the first three seasons.  One of the reasons that she (and not any of the other, more famous names) are spotlighted is because Sliders, when it was running from 1995 to 2000, was the equivalent of “Smallville”, “Arrow”, and “The Flash” for me; I would not want to be disturbed by anyone during these shows.

In case you want to do some digging, the show may not pique your interest, as it centers around four characters who bounce, or “slide”, between parallel earths using a device created by main character Quinn Mallory, played by veteran actor Jerry O’Connell, and the mischief and mayhem that comes with these parallel earths.  It was a wonderful series that, if it were rebooted today, may have a broader audience.

As for Ms. Lloyd’s birthday twins, we start with the late Robert F. Kennedy (1925-1968), late actor/game show host Richard Dawson (1932-2012), singer Dick Smothers (of The Smothers Brothers) was born in 1939, late music guru Duane Allman (1946-1971), former guitarist for The Eagles, Mr. Joe Walsh (1947), and the Perfect “10”, Bo Derek, was born in 1956.

Also on the list are former NY Jets mainstay Mark Gastineau (1956), Marvel: Agents of SHIELD star Ming-Na Wen was born in 1963, The Beastie Boys’ drummer, Mike D, was born in 1965, and Dominique Dawes (gold medalist in 1996) was born in 1976.

Wondering if I am a successful writer in another dimension…

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# CCLII…Kirk Hammett…Among Others…

Today, November 18th (aside from being my nephew’s and a close friend’s birthday), is the 53rd birthday of Metallica’s lead guitarist Kirk Hammett.  While memories of his exquisite mastery of his craft flood my mind, I am immediately brought back to the first song featuring his guitar prowess…”Creeping Death” from before they went commercial.

As I was into commercial “pop” music at that time, I really didn’t appreciate the intricacies of that particular song…it features (easily) some of the best lead/rhythm guitar work that the band has produced.  This doesn’t even begin to tell you that the song that hooked me with the band was for their first video, “One”…which, if you haven’t heard, either, it is a brilliant piece that Kirk and his band mates really raised the bar for metal at that time.

To Mr. Hammett, who I met with the band in 1993, many happy more…Also, to Jadi in JC and my nephew, happy birthday!!!

Also celebrating today are late astronaut Alan Shepard (1923-1998), actress Brenda Vaccaro (1939), “Dynasty”s Linda Evans (1942), former “Simon & Simon” star Jameson Parker (1947), former Quiet Riot/Whitesnake bassist Rudy Sarzo (1950) and comedian Kevin Nealon from Saturday Night Live and “Weeds” was born in 1953.

Finishing today’s list are former NFL quarterback Wareen Moon (1956), actress Elizabeth Perkins (1960), late Vixen guitarist Jan Kuehnemund (1961-2013), comedian Owen Wilson (1968), NBA journeyman (and Timberwolves’ player from 2003-2005) Sam Cassell was born in 1969, current Red Sox first baseman/DH “Big Papi” David Ortiz (1975) and Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Johnny Christ was born in 1984.

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# CXXXII…Post # 90…From the oddness of my collection, a birthday surprise…

I knew from yesterday that I wanted to write tonight…partially because I scanned my list of birthdays yesterday…and an unbelievable name popped up on the radar.  The world-renowned pianist Yanni was born on this day in 1954; the only reason that his name strikes a chord with me is that his music is usually instrumental (lots of orchestration, too, as he is a beautiful composer) and very soothing and relaxing to listen to.

His music is valuable to me in more ways than one; I first heard about him through Channel 13’s annual fund drive…his live DVD, “Yanni Live At The Acropolis” is a brilliant piece of musical poetry.  Musically, there is no one that I’d rather listen to more when I’m in the mood to write.  I find his music creatively inspires me and it is in his honor that, if you were born today, you now know of at least one celebrity that you share a birthday with.

Also, since I may as well finish the list:  James Young (guitarist, Styx) turns 64 today (1949), drummer Frankie Banali of Quiet Riot and WASP was born in 1951, as well as Bon Jovi bassist Alec John Such, diplomat Condoleezza Rice (1954), retired baseball pitching great Curt Schilling was born on today’s date in 1966, and Blink-182’s Travis Barker turns 38 (1975).

Thank you for listening to this rant from the left…

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